President Donald Trump made it clear during his address to the nation Monday that the United States was not going into Afghanistan to build a nation but to kill terrorists.
The president said additional troops and resources would be dedicated to finishing the 16-year war in Afghanistan.
Donald Trump said the U.S. was no longer to remain silent about Pakistan and the many safe havens the country has provided to terrorists for decades, including former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
(The quote comes about the 1:40 mark in the video below.)
“The next pillar of our new strategy is to change the approach and how to deal with Pakistan. We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond,” Trump said.
“Pakistan has sheltered the same organizations that try, every single day, to kill our people. We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting. But that will have to change,” Trump said.
He added: “It is time for Pakistan to demonstrate its commitment to civilization, order, and to peace.”
Earlier this year, the Trump administration considered placing Pakistan on the list of countries that would face immigration restrictions, given its long history of supporting, funding, and harboring terrorists.
At the end, the administration did not include Pakistan on the list, but it doesn’t excuse the rogue country’s double agenda and hostility in the region.
The United States often looked the other way to maintain the two countries’ long-standing military alliance, a dangerous trend that continued under Obama.
The former president approved the SEAL Team Six mission in 2011 when Osama bin Laden was found hiding in Abbottabad, Pakistan. He was killed by the SEALs that night.
“[Pakistan] has much to lose by harboring criminals and terrorists … In the past, Pakistan has been a valued partner. Our militaries have worked together against common enemies,” Trump explained in his addresses to the nation.
The president’s address to the nation Monday was bold and commanding, which is the polar opposite of what we saw under Obama.
Unfortunately, the former president allowed terrorism to rise to historic levels, the Islamic State group grew into the largest terrorist organization in the world, and Obama was afraid to call out nations like Pakistan who have been harboring and supporting terrorists.